American League's MLB Futures Odds & Picks

Doug Upstone

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 5:13 PM UTC

Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 5:13 PM UTC

The top teams in the AL futures odds have not changed much against the betting odds the last few months, but we have a couple of new teams we have not heard much about until recently

The last quarter of the season is very stressful for the playoff contenders along with those making MLB picks, attempting to sort out how clubs and their manager will handle this time of year. Here is a preview of what to look for in the American League versus the MLB Futures odds for futures bets.

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Penthouse Pick
The Oakland Athletics have set the standard for baseball excellence all season, with either the second-best or finest record all season. At this point, they are not an easy wager, with inflated lines as favorites, which makes them a costly defeat against the MLB odds. However, their 34-13 record in games determined by four or more runs, which leads directly to their sensational +167 run differential, showcases the all-around talent of this club.

The A’s are the most complete team in the AL and baseball for that matter, and deserve to be +220 favorites. They would be hard to bet against except for one lingering aspect, they are 2-14 as underdogs.


Upgraded to Better View
Similar to Oakland’s decisive run differential, Baltimore has accomplished the same dominance for those generating sports picks. The Orioles are +23.1 units, handily the best in the majors and far outdistancing the A’s who are second at +9.7. Baltimore is 26-11 since June 30 and huge key to their success is avoiding multiple defeats, having not lost consecutive contests since June 28-29. At +640 and the No.4 choice in the AL, clearly at threat with the pitching continuing to improve.

If you look up the word – blazing – on your computer, a team photo of the Kansas City Royals appears. (OK not really). K.C. is hotter than a slab of ribs out of the oven at 16-3 and up to +1100 (No.5) to win the junior circuit. There is a great deal to love about the Royals, you just have to wonder if manager Ned Yost will be a positive or negative in Kansas City earning their first playoff berth since 1985.


Downgraded to First Floor by the Pool
Detroit’s roller coaster season continues and they are 10-15 since the All-Star break. By the time you read this, two-fifths of the Tigers starting rotation could be on the DL and this squad is supposed to be built around five stellar starters. The offense can score; however, the lineup card has holes and can be had. The Tigers are still the second pick in the AL at +335 and appear to be a bad bet.

The L.A. Angels are third in line at +550 and who doesn’t like the offense this team has! Nonetheless, we are beginning to see cracks in the starting pitching with C.J. Wilson, Jered Weaver and Tyler Skaggs, leaving the two most reliable hurlers Garrett Richards and Matt Shoemaker. As MLB handicappers, can you really trust the Halos to win two playoff series and a wild card game?


Bates Motel
Of the teams is serious playoff contention in the AL, Toronto (+1200) allows the most runs per game, which likely will be their downfall.

All season I have said the Yankees (+1300) are not contenders and all the proof you need is they have the same run differential as Minnesota at -33.


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